Music at Scarisbrick Hall School is regarded as an integral element in the education of the whole child. It has a profound impact on a child’s early development, interweaving and supporting learning across all subject areas. Our aim is to encourage an enjoyment of music from the earliest age whilst simultaneously nurturing listening and communication skills, language acquisition and creativity.
The children start their musical journey in pre-school through musical storytelling and movement, where they begin to understand and explore how music is created and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics and tempo. By the time children leave First School they have a secure grounding in pitch awareness, pulse and rhythm and a foundational understanding of score reading.
Our music curriculum is built upon best practice music education research pedagogy, incorporating principles from Dalcroze and Kodaly. Lessons focus on the following key areas:
* creativity and composition
* listening and analysis
* movement and dance
* instrumental and rhythmic skills
* aural development
* solo and ensemble performance activities
* score reading.
Pupils are encouraged to explore playing a wide variety of instruments and study music from different periods of history and different cultures. Performance is promoted through singing, solo and communal, during choirs and assemblies, and through the playing of instruments to their peers and wider audiences. We firmly believe in promoting music for all, whilst also facilitating those who excel to achieve as highly as they can.
Pupils continue their musical education into Middle School where they expand their range of musical experience and are challenged to learn a range of new skills including instrumental and vocal class ensembles and Music Technology.
In college, students can opt for a three year programme of study leading to a GCSE in music which is currently offered through Eduqas.
Sixth Form students can also choose to study A Level Music and/or a L3 Musical Theatre Diploma supported by a bespoke learning experience for those wishing to enter a conservatoire or university level education post Scarisbrick.